This weekend was National Alpaca Farm Days and three local alpaca farms played host to visitors and helped educate people about the not-so-well-known animal.
Appalachian Journey Farms along with Appalachian Alpacas and Dry Creek alpacas invited folks to come out and get up close and personal with the alpacas themselves. There was also spinning demonstrations, a farm store for alpaca fleece and things for the kids to do.
Alpaca farmer Lara Durham said, “They’re a pretty unusual animal. They didn’t come to the United States very commonly until the mid-eighties. And even then it was just in small numbers. So there just aren’t a whole lot of alpaca farms around. And people just aren’t familiar with this animal and what can be done with its products and its fleece.
Durham said if you missed this year’s event then you should definitely come out to next years. It is held the last weekend of September.Copyright 2015 WJHL. All rights reserved.